selection of icons of different types of people

My name is Stephen McCarthy.

I build high performing and inclusive design teams.

I deliver user centred product strategy and design.

I make complex things understandable and beautiful.

I’m currently Head of Design for GOV.UK and the UK’s Government Digital Service.

GOV.UK design language

Government as a Platform

Cross-government design community


GOV.UK Coronavirus response

International Design in Government

GovDesign meetup

Sprint 18 event branding

Internal government comms

Services week

Signals publication

Fighting misleading websites

Cross-government content conference

Designers as power brokers

Englandʼs Burning

Newspaper pictograms

GDS Academy

Open Government Licence logo

Science Gallery branding and exhibition design

The Nothingness of Now – EP prints